March 18, 2009

Spartan Streak Reaches 13 as Bullets Fall in York

YORK, PA – The York College baseball team captured their 13th consecutive win with an 11-6 win over Gettysburg College on Wednesday afternoon in York. The Spartans improve to 13-2 overall while the Bullets fall to 6-8 for the campaign.

The game was a tale of two contests. The first seven innings saw the Spartan pitching staff dominate the Gettysburg hitters as they held them to just one hit over the opening seven frames. The eighth inning was dramatically different as the Bullets exploded for six runs in turning a non-competitive contest into a nail biter for the Green and White.

The Spartans took control of the contest early as Mike Connolly (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) stroked an RBI double to left, scoring Rob Klinck (Stanhope, N.J./Lenape Valley Regional) with the game’s first run three batters into the bottom of the first.

York pushed the lead to 4-0 with a trio of runs in the third inning. Klinck had an RBI ground out followed by a Ryan Poff (York, Pa./Spring Grove) RBI single to third base. Sophomore CT Stanley (Timonium, Md./Calvert Hall College) then notched another infield hit for the Spartans to score Connolly, providing the Spartans with the four run bulge. Three of the four Spartan hits in the inning were of the infield variety.

While the Spartan offense was doing its job, the York pitching staff was holding the Bullet bats silent. Freshman KC Beshore (New Cumberland, Pa./Red Land) was the first of seven Spartan pitchers to throw in the game. Beshore was brilliant in his two-inning stint as the right-hander faced just six batters, striking out two as he picked up his second career victory. Since the Spartan coaching staff predetermined an order of more than three pitchers in the game, NCAA rules state that Beshore earns the win despite only throwing two frames. Andy Rosenzweig (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) followed Beshore to the mound and was perfect in his one inning of work. Senior Jake Hughes (Schwenksville, Pa./Souderton) tossed the fourth inning as he faced one over the minimum with a walk and a strikeout. Chris Frankenfield (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) hurled the next two innings and allowed one infield hit in the fifth as Gettysburg had just two base runners through the first seven innings.

The Spartan offense went back to work in the fifth as Stanley struck a big blow in the frame with a mammoth three run homer to deep left field. After Stanley’s team-leading fourth tater of the year, Matt Monti (Easton, Pa./Easton) tripled to deep center and scored on a wild pitch as the Spartan lead grew to 8-0.

York tacked on a single run in the seventh when Stanley singled with two outs and came home on a Monti single to left center.

The Spartans looked like they were on their way to a shutout win but the Bullet bats woke up in the eighth as they plated six runs on six hits with a Spartan error. The outburst turned a nine run Spartan bulge into a much too interesting three run lead.

The Green and White got two of those runs back in the bottom of the eighth to provide for the final 11-6 margin of victory.

Stanley led the Spartan offense as he was 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. Connolly added two hits with two runs scored and an RBI. Klinck also had a pair of knocks with an RBI and a run scored. Senior Matt Austin (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) also had two hits and a run scored while Monti was the fifth Spartan with multiple hits as he was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Scott Vladyka was 1-for-4 with two RBI to pace Gettysburg. Chris Simard, Cam Riera, Drew Roy, and Cory Beddick each had a hit, an RBI and a run scored for the Bullets.

Will Kleva suffered the loss for the Bullets as he allowed eight runs on 10 hits with two walks in 4.2 innings of work. He falls to 1-3 with the loss. Bobby Martz relieved Kleva and surrendered a run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of action. Mike Odierna was the final Bullet pitcher for the day as he allowed York’s final two runs in the eighth inning. He struck out two and walked two others in his one inning of action.

The Spartans return to action on Friday afternoon as they host St. Mary’s College in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. First pitch at Jaquet Field is set for 3:30 pm.

GAME BOX

Photo: C.T. Stanley is greeted by head coach Paul Saikia after his three-run homer in the fifth inning.